Thailand aim to put down Moroccans

Thailand aim to put down Moroccans

Thailand players train ahead of today's game against Morocco in Lithuania.
Thailand players train ahead of today's game against Morocco in Lithuania.

Thailand aim to bounce back against Morocco in their second match at the Fifa Futsal World Cup in Lithuania on Thursday.

The Thais, who lost 4-1 to Portugal in their opener, need a result against Morocco, who began their campaign with a 6-0 win over the Solomon Islands, to keep alive their hopes of progressing past Group C.

The winners and runners-up in each of six groups and four best third-placed sides advance to the last 16 round.

Thailand coach Rakphol Sainetngarm said Morocco have improved a lot over the years.

Indeed, the world No.17 Africans sit one place above Thailand in the latest rankings.

"They are a good and strong team and have good movements," said Rakphol. "We must be well-prepared. We must be careful and not make too many mistakes particularly in defence.

"This is an important game. We hope to get three points although it won't be easy."

Thailand are led by Suphawut Thueanklang, arguably the country's best futsal striker of all time.

Thailand are playing in their sixth Futsal World Cup and aiming to reach the round of 16 for the third successive time.

They were outplayed by Portugal on Monday but only conceded four goals thanks to goalkeeper Katawut Hankampa who made a string of fine saves.

Morocco are making their third appearance at the Futsal World Cup, having lost all six games in their previous finals in 2012 and 2016.

They earned their first World Cup points after beating the Solomon Islands 6-0 with six different players on target.

Morocco coach Hicham Dguig aim to steer his team to the knockout stage and a result against Thailand should be enough to achieve the feat.

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